CLEVELAND: The Cavs scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter and 31 in the second half in falling to the Washington Wizards on Sunday 96-83. It was their second consecutive loss and they were again forced to play without Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles and Anderson Varejao.
Their absences were felt offensively, particularly in the second half. The Cavs were within 78-74 following an Anthony Bennett dunk early in the fourth quarter, but they managed just one other basket for the next nine minutes. The Cavs made 2 of their first 14 shots in the fourth quarter and turned the ball over six times before a short jumper from Luol Deng finally ended the ineptness. By then, the Wizards’ lead had swelled to 14.
Kyrie Irving had 15 points, five rebounds and assists, Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his home debut and Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Deng had 17 points and seven rebounds, but shot 4-for-13 as his post All-Star break shooting slump continued.
The Wizards played the fourth quarter without Nene after a knee injury, but they survived without him. John Wall had 21 points and nine assists and Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards climbed back to .500.